The Australian Human Rights Commission promotes and protects human rights in Australia including through: - resolving complaints of discrimination or breaches of human rights under federal laws - holding public inquiries into human rights issues of national importance - developing human rights education programs and resources for schools, workplaces and the community - providing independent legal advice to assist courts in cases that involve human rights principles - providing advice and submissions to parliaments and governments to develop laws, policies and programs - undertaking and coordinating research into human rights and discrimination issues. The Commission works closely with other government agencies, the business community, the non-government sector and individuals to fulfil its role. Additionally, the Commission works closely with other national human rights institutions, particularly through the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions to address major human rights issues in the region, and undertakes bilateral activities as part of the Australian Government's development program.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    E. Statutory Office Holder Offices and Committees

  • Established By / Under

    Act / Regulation

  • Established By/Under More info

    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986

  • Paid Members?


  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members


  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?


  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Auditor


  • Function Categorization

    Regulatory / Review / Inquiry / Commission

  • Creation Date

    10 December 1986

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Commissioner Ms. June Oscar AO 3 April 2017 3 April 2022
Commissioner The Hon. Dr. Kay Patterson AO 29 July 2021 28 July 2023
Commissioner Dr. Ben Gauntlett 7 May 2019 6 May 2024
Commissioner Ms Lorraine Finlay 22 November 2021 21 November 2026
Commissioner Ms. Kate Jenkins 17 April 2021 16 April 2023
Commissioner Ms. Anne Hollonds 2 November 2020 1 November 2025
Commissioner Mr Mr. Chin-Leong Tan 8 October 2018 7 October 2023
President Prof. Rosalind Croucher AM 30 July 2017 29 July 2024
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